Fun Fact: Something Wicked This Way Comes…

While the legend of the Blair Witch of Burkittsville in Frederick County, may be the most well-known in Maryland, it is by no means the only bewitching tale in the state's history. The first woman accused of witchcraft never actually set foot in the state. In 1654, Mary Lee was sailing to the new world from England. The journey was plagued by foul weather, and the crew decided to blame Mary for their misfortune. They…

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Fun Fact: Trees in Transition – Colorful Counties

Did you know the Maryland Department of Natural Resources features a weekly fall foliage report every year starting in September? It’s true! The department highlights the trees’ transition each week with reports from experts with Maryland state forest and parks. The reports also include photos from various counties submitted by outdoor enthusiasts who capture the changing colors. Counties in Western Maryland are typically the first to see changes in the leaves. Garrett County has hit…

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Fun Fact: Getting to the Root of It….240 Years in the Making

This week, Harford County announced the preservation of a 240-year-old root cellar. It is the last freestanding cellar in the county and one of very few that remain in Maryland. Root cellars are underground or partially underground shelters that were used to store vegetables, fruits, and other foods before refrigeration. Most cellars were built as part of houses, but others were separate structures. In the late 1700s, planter Aquila Scott lived on and worked the…

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Fun Fact: County Origins – Get in Formation

Today’s Maryland counties did not always exist in their present form. The borders that define the 24 jurisdictions were formed over the course of three centuries. St. Mary’s County was the first to be organized, and Garrett County was the last. Below are Maryland’s counties listed in order of formation. Click on the Conduit Street Fun Fact to discover something new about each place! 1637 St. Mary's CountyFun Fact: Which Famous Actor Had His First…

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Fun Fact: Baltimore Bath House Boom

Did you know Baltimore City had public bath houses in operation as late as 1959? For most of human history, private bath facilities were a rare commodity. In the 19th century, municipal governments realized the benefits of cleanliness for public health. Wealthier residents had accommodations with access to water and sewer systems that residents in more urban areas lacked. In Baltimore City, the first bath house was opened in 1901, after the newly formed Free…

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Fun Fact: Go Chasing Waterfalls in These Counties

Maryland is home to several waterfalls, but Garrett and Frederick County have two that really make a splash. Courtesy MD DNR website At Swallow Falls State Park in Garrett County, you can visit Muddy Creek Falls. This 53-foot-tall stunner is the highest free-falling waterfall in the state of Maryland and is surrounded by impressive hemlock trees that date back more than 300 years. Some well-known visitors include Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and Harvey Firestone who…

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Fun Fact: Zebras Are on the Loose in This County!

It’s true. Five zebras have escaped from a private farm in Prince George’s County and are running wild. According to the Washington Post, the owner has made many attempts to lure them back using grain and a temporary corral but has had no luck. Owning zebras is legal in Maryland, and the farm they call home has 39 total and is up to date on all permits required by law with the U.S. Department of…

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Fun Fact: You Can Find a Mermaid in This Coastal County

In 2020, the East Coast’s first museum dedicated to mermaids was established in Worcester County. While you can’t meet one of Ariel’s descendants in person in downtown Berlin, Maryland, you can learn all about the mythology and lore of mermaids at the Mermaid Museum. Located about 9 miles inland from Ocean City, the museum is the creation of local artist and photographer Alyssa Maloof. She converted her second-floor photography studio into a space celebrating mermaids…

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Fun Fact: QUIZ…Maryland State Symbols

Official symbols represent the cultural heritage and natural treasures of each state. States also recognize emblems like state flags and seals, and every city or town has unique places to discover such as landmarks, historic buildings, state and local parks, and historic markers. Courtesy MD Manual Online The majority of officially recognized Maryland state symbols were created by an act of the Maryland General Assembly and signed into law by the Governor. However, two of…

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Which Maryland County Has the Most Olympic Athletes Competing in Tokyo?

Maryland has long been a powerhouse in the summer Olympic games. At the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Maryland athletes brought home 14 gold medals, three silver, and one bronze. Had Maryland been a country, this medal haul would have placed the state sixth in the gold medal count and 14th in the overall medal count. As the 2021 Tokyo Summer Games kick off today after a one-year delay due to the COVID-19…

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